Shaquan Montez Sweat was born on September 4, 1996, he is an American football defensive end for the Washington Commanders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan State, Copiah–Lincoln Community College, and Mississippi State before being drafted by Washington in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Sweat attended Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia, where he was rated as one of the top tight ends in the country. Sweat committed to Michigan State to play college football, where he played in two games for them in 2014, recording one sack, before redshirting in 2015.
In a game against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, Sweat intercepted a pass thrown by Dalton late in the fourth quarter and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown that lead to a 41–16 Washington victory.
The following week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sweat tipped a pass late in the fourth quarter that lead to an interception by Jon Bostic to help secure a 23-17 win over the then-undefeated Steelers. In Week 15 Sweat batted a pass by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson which was then intercepted by Daron Payne.
Sweat suffered a jaw fracture during a Week 8 game against the Denver Broncos and was placed on injured reserve as a result. After testing positive, he was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list on December 8, 2021.
On December 18, he was taken off the COVID-19 list and placed back on the active roster two days later. In Week 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sweat recorded a sack and forced a fumble, which was recovered by Landon Collins, on quarterback Jalen Hurts. On April 27, 2022, the Commanders exercised the fifth-year option in Sweat’s contract.